This vegan twist on korokke (Japanese croquettes) is hearty and satisfying, packed with plant-based protein, and made healthier in the air fryer!
Korokke is the Japanese version of croquettes. It’s basically a mashed potato patty mixed with some ground beef and onion, coated in panko, and deep-fried to crispy perfection. It’s a popular Japanese street food but also common in home cooking. Many varieties exist with different vegetables, cheeses, cream sauce, seafood, kabocha, etc. This one’s a little different though. Not only is this korokke vegan, but it also replaces some of the potatoes with white beans! White beans are mushy and starchy too though, like potatoes, so you really can’t tell, and they add a good source of plant-based protein. Trust me, you need these in your life!
This vegan korokke is made with 10 main ingredients, many of which are customizable to suit your preferences:
- Potatoes ⟶ the base of all korokke recipes
- Typically, starchy potatoes like Russet, Idaho, and Yukon Gold work best for making fluffy korokke. However, I made this batch with red-skinned potatoes and had great results!
- White Beans ⟶ this is the secret ingredient that adds plant-based protein without using ground “meat” alternatives (but if you’re into that, check out my basic air fryer vegan korokke)
- Flax Egg ⟶ binds the potato/bean mixture together
- Veggies ⟶ these add texture and flavor but feel free to play around with what you have
- my favorites to use are onions, carrots, green onion, and shiitake
- Vegan Cheese ⟶ technically optional, but it enhances the creamy, hearty profile of the korokke and is highly recommended
To coat the korokke and make it nice and crispy, you’ll need:
- All Purpose Flour
- Non-Dairy Milk + Cornstarch ⟶ this mimics the function of an egg
- SUB: gluten-free panko or homemade breadcrumbs
- Oil ⟶ to brush the korokke with so it gets crispy and golden
- I used olive oil but you can use vegetable, grapeseed, or canola oil as well
HOW TO MAKE
- Boil the potatoes until soft enough for a fork to easily pierce through the flesh.
- Meanwhile, cook the veggies until tender.
- Mash the beans with a fork or potato masher, leaving some chunks for texture.
- Mash the potatoes in with the beans, again leaving some chunks for texture.
- Add in the cooked veggies, vegan cheese, and flax egg and combine into a smooth, uniform mixture.
- Scoop some of the korokke mixture into your hands and form into a thick patty. Coat with flour, dip in the plant milk + cornstarch mixture, and coat with panko/breadcrumbs. Repeat with remaining korokke mixture. I ended up with 8 large korokke.
- Brush the tops and bottom with oil, then place in your air fryer basket (leaving some space between each korokke). They probably won’t all fit in your air fryer, so you will need to cook them in batches. Air fry at 350°F for 15-20 minutes, or until golden brown and crispy.
- Serve with Japanese Worcestershire sauce (some contain fish, so check the label — I use Chuno Sauce which usually doesn’t contain fish/anchovy), ketchup, or another sauce of choice.
HOW TO SERVE
Korokke can be served as a main dish or side dish. If serving it as a main, I recommend including some extra protein in a side dish to make your meal more filling. This could be a simple side of steamed edamame, tofu in your miso soup, or this tofu and green onion salad.
HOW TO STORE
You can store these in a container in the fridge for about 5-7 days, or in the freezer for up to a month.
HOW TO REHEAT
To reheat, simply pop them back into your air fryer at 350°F and cook until crispy on the outside and warm in the center. Cooking time will vary depending on your air fryer and the storage method. Refrigerated korokke will crisp up pretty quickly, about 5-10 minutes. Frozen korokke may take up to 15-20 minutes.
HELPFUL COOKING TOOL
- Air Fryer ⟶ If you don’t have an air fryer and don’t want to purchase one, you can also bake the korokke at 400°F for about 10 minutes, or deep fry them as they are traditionally made. I love my air fryer though and use it for everything — toast, veggie burgers, potatoes, veggies, reheating muffins and cookies, crispy tofu dishes, you name it! I could live without it, but it makes (small-batch) cooking so much quicker.
Check out these other easy vegan air-fryer meals!
- Air Fryer Korokke
- Air Fryer Karaage
- Air Fried Smoky Tofu
- Hoisin Peanut Tempeh
- Crispy Sweet and Sour Tofu
I hope I’ve inspired you to make this white bean korokke! If you try it out, don’t forget to tag me in your photos on instagram @ellielikes.cooking, leave a comment/rating down below, and let me know how you liked it! I love seeing all of your tasty recreations 🙂 Happy cooking! ♡
Vegan White Bean Korokke (Japanese Croquette)
- 1 tbsp
- 3 tbsp water
- ¾ pound starchy potatoes*
- 1 ½ cups cooked white beans
- ½ onion diced
- 1 carrot diced
- 1 green onion chopped
- 2 tbsp dried shiitake rehydrated and chopped, optional
- ⅓ cup vegan cheese shreds
- pinch of salt and pepper
- ½ cup plant-based milk
- 1 tbsp cornstarch
- ⅓ cup all purpose flour*
- 1 cup
panko or breadcrumbs*
- oil for brushing
- Make flax egg: Mix together ground flax and water and set aside to thicken.
- Boil potatoes: Peel potatoes and slice into cubes so they cook faster. Add potatoes to a pot of water and bring to a boil. Cook for about 10-15 minutes, until you can easily pierce the potatoes with a fork. Drain and set aside.
- Cook Veggies: Meanwhile, add onions and carrots to a pan over medium heat with a splash of water or oil, and cook until onions turn translucent. Add green onion and rehydrated mushrooms (if using) and season with salt and pepper. Stir and turn off heat.
- Mash beans: Add white beans to a large bowl and use a fork or potato masher to mash the beans. They don't have to be completely mashed; leave some chunks for texture.
- Mash potatoes: Add potatoes to the bowl and mash, again leaving some chunks for texture.
- Combine: Add in veggies, vegan cheese, and flax mixture. Mix until well combined.
- Form patties: Mix together plant milk and cornstarch. Form the potato mixture into patties. (I ended up with 8 large patties.) Roll each patty in flour, dip in plant milk mixture, then coat with panko. You may need extra flour or panko, depending on how big your korokke are.
- Air-Fry: Brush the korokke with oil. Place in the air fryer, leaving a little space between each korokke so they aren't touching each other. You will probably have to fry in two or three batches, depending on the size of your air fryer.
- Air fry at 350°F for 15-20 minutes, or until golden and crispy. Serve with Japanese worcestershire sauce, ketchup, or plain. These are best right after they're made, but leftovers can be reheated in the air fryer to crisp up.
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